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Design and Analysis of the BlueGene/L Torus Interconnection Network

BlueGene/L (BG/L) is a 64K (65,536) node scientific and engineering supercomputer that IBM is developing with partial funding from the United States Department of Energy. This paper describes one of the primary BG/L interconnection networks, a three dimensional torus. We describe a parallel performance simulator that was used extensively to help architect and design the torus network and present sample simulator performance studies that contributed to design decisions. In addition to such studies, the simulator was also used during the logic verification phase of BG/L for performance verification, and its use there uncovered a bug in the VHDL implementation of one of the arbiters.

By: M. Blumrich, D. Chen, P. Coteus, A. Gara, M. Giampapa, P. Heidelberger, S. Singh, B. Steinmacher-Burow, T. Takken, P. Vranas

Published in: RC23025 in 2003

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